Congratulations to the 2019 Arts Grant Recipients!
Below is the list of grant recipients and a description of their projects! Go to the Art Council's Regional Events Calendar under the category "DEC funded events" for more information on the date, time, and location.
Arts Education Fillmore Music Boosters are bringing in composer Dr. Carrie Magin to give Fillmore Senior High band students the opportunity to have a hands-on music composition experience with the goal of producing a musically sound, original piece for the students to perform for the public at their spring concert May 21, 2019. Dr. Magin will also work further with select students to guide them in developing their own personal musical compositions which they will perform for their peers. Olean High School English teacher
Sally Ventura is organizing a collaboration between OHS students and university student editors St. Bonaventure’s literary journal, The Laurel. Poet Sean Thomas Dougherty will conduct a poetry writing workshop March 1, 2019 for both the high school and St. Bonaventure students on the SBU campus. Filmmaker Caleb Abrams in collaboration with the Seneca Nation of Indians Allegany Language Department wil provide instruction to students of Salamanca High School’s advanced Seneca Language and Culture Class to create short films which will feature conversational Seneca Language.
Individual Artist Paper artist Debra Eck will create an immersive installation using paper and Tyvek in Westfield’s Octagon Gallery. Her project, titled,“The Secret Garden” is based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Photographer, videographer and digital artist Lydia McCarthy will produce a collection of works titled “The Great Cabalistic Pentagon” examining spiritual seeking, loss of ego and the materiality of photography. The project will be included in two group exhibitions, in Alfred and New York City, and one solo exhibition. Composer Jamie Leigh Sampson will collaborate with female vocal quartet, Quince Ensemble, to workshop and premiere a new micro-opera, “Immortal Games” at Rosch Recital Hall in Fredonia. The opera captures the internal monolog and battle moves of two characters playing chess.
Percussionist Dustin Woodard will compose a musical piece utilizing the instruments being installed in Wellsville’s Fassett GreenSpace. He will perform the work with members of the community and have the sheet music available at the park for people to play.
Community Arts The African-American Cultural Center for Development will produce their annual Juneteenth celebration on June 29, 2019 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Olean. The theme is “Sharing Our History,” and artists will include Blues Ensemble Band, Ola Mae Gayton will portray Maya Angelou, Della Moore will portray “Stagecoach Mary,” Native American Faith Tanner-Thrush will conduct a drum circle, Rev. Wesley Gilbert will lecture on Black presence in scriptures, and writers Helen Ruggieri and Kim Wiekert will give poetry readings.
Alfred Box of Books will conduct the “Third Thursday Art Club” for school age children. The monthly lessons will feature an artist or guest speaker on a particular art topic, movement, medium or a field trip to a local gallery or museum. The children will then create artwork which will be on display at the library until the next month’s class. This event also coordinates with the Alfred Art Walk which is held the third Thursday of every month.
Allegany Arts Association Collaborative Arts Program uses their grant funding to produce free or low cost art classes for children and adults in Allegany County by collaborating with local libraries, art centers, churches, schools and recreational centers to host classes and events provided by regional artists and performers.
American Scandinavian Heritage Foundation will be presenting Scandinavian folk dance and music at the 2019 Scandinavian Folk Festival on July 19, 20, 21.
Angelica Community Radio is presenting Shake on the Lake’s 2019 touring production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” at the Angelica Park Circle, performed free for the local audience.
Angelica Free Library will offer a four-week beginning watercolor class for ten adults.
Art for Rural America is collaborating with the Wellsville Creative Art Center to construct a community-created 3’ x 5’ mosaic in the Fassett GreenSpace in Wellsville under the guidance of ceramic artist Alex Minnick.
Belfast Public Library will hold their 20th annual Lawn Concert Series in the Belfast Town Park on 4 evenings in August 2019. A solo artist, a duet and two bands will perform a variety of musical genres.
The Brocton Tri-Church Parish will present spring and a fall sessions of free art classes for adults and teens in the rural community of Brocton.
Cherry Creek Community Association will present “Old Home Daze,” a program of seven summer concerts which brings together many generations of the community and with their local historian’s knowledge, shares their arts heritage.
Citizens for a Better Cassadaga will feature local musicians in the Cassadaga Lakes Summer Concert Series which takes place on a floating stage at Cassadaga Beach.
The Community Music Project will offer weekly parent and infant music classes at St. Luke Church in Jamestown and Warner Place on the campus of Lutheran Retirement Community for 12-week sessions in the spring and fall.
Cuba Friends of Architecture is partnering with Palmer Opera House to present nine diverse musical performances during summer 2019 either at the Palmer Opera House or Cuba Memorial Park.
Cuba Circulating Library will offer arts programming based on the theme, “Build a Better Community Through Art” - art, music and dance classes as well as various performances featuring music, puppets, and folk tales for children.
David Howe Public Library will present 10 interesting and culturally significant performances in the Nancy Howe Auditorium. From a variety of musicians to ballet and a portrayal of Mark Twain to a children’s performer, there is something for everyone.
The Fluvanna Public Library will present two special performances during the course of their summer reading program; one featuring music, the other, magic and puppetry.
Fountain Art Center’s program “Artists Among Us” is a revolving art program that uses traditional and non-traditional venues throughout Allegany County to bring the work of qualified artists and themed art exhibits to the public by establishing host sites, and coaching artists in individual or workshop settings, on how to present their work professionally, prepare exhibit packages and artist statements, and maximize their exposure by sharing their work in a lecture, workshop or classroom format.
Gowanda Hollywood Theater received DEC grants for their two summer theater camps. Music and Me is a one-week camp for children ages 3-5, and Hollywood Theater Camp is a one-week Broadway Jr. camp for youth.
Great Lake FX will use funds for an art enrichment program, “Fur, Fish and Feathers,” in which 20 students will identify creatures in the wild and then create artistic representations to exhibit.
Jamestown Concert Association, as part of their “Dedicated to Great Music” season, will present three concerts during the spring of 2019: Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, flutist Aimee Toner, and Ensemble Schumann.
Keynote Chorus will produce spring and December concerts to perform at various venues in Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties.
Leon Historical Society will offer classes on Amish Folk Art, the history of American and Amish quilting while making a variety of traditional quilt pattern blocks with Amish women.
Lily Dale Assembly will present a floating stage summer concert series of four free performances.
Patterson Library will present adult art education classes as part of their Art Escapes programming. The classes will be knitting, feng shui, drawing, mandala, block printing, plein air painting, book binding, and Christmas crafts.
The Roger Tory Peterson Institute will present two six-week progressive skill workshops focused on drawing and watercolor painting directed at adult students. Students will use Dr. Roger Tory Peterson’s artwork to inspire and teach about his style of work and each workshop series will culminate in a public reception and month long exhibition.
Rolling Hills Radio uses funds to bring well-known grassroots Americana music performances to Jamestown. The program is recorded in front of a live-audience.
Southern Tier Symphony funding supports musician fees and concert production costs for five performances across their 16th and 17th seasons.
St. Bonaventure University presents a series of four diverse performances between January and April 2019 at affordable prices for the community and middle-high school students.
Town Theater of Short Tract will produce a community musical production in the summer of 2019 at the Fillmore School auditorium.
The Village of Westfield is partnering with the Westfield Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market to add more live musical performances to the market.
Whitesville Public Library will host art classes with children and adults in a series called, “Living with Art, Inspiration and Acting on that Inspiration.”
Wide Awake Library Club will present a free eight-part summer concert series on consecutive Wednesdays from July 10 through August 28, 2019, at the Fillmore Park Pavilion.
The Tri-County Arts Council administers New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) funding in Cattaraugus, Allegany and Chautauqua counties. This year, the Arts Council regranted over $70,000 to artists and arts organizations in our region.
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